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Audio: Mono LPs - Blonde On Blonde

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Highway 61 Revisited 1965
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

This page lists mono releases of this regular Bob Dylan album. These LPs were listed here because the mono versions of Dylan songs were unavailable on CD until the release of the first eight Dylan albums in mono as The Original Mono Recordings in 2010. Mono LPs with rare tracks (e.g. mono versions with significant differences from the album tracks, such as different mixes, edits or fades) are listed in the main chronological pages. Mono singles up to 1976 have their own pages, see the links above.

Thanks to David Burgess for the UK catalogue numbers - all my mono LPs were stolen when my Manchester flat was burgled in May 1968!

For stereo releases of this album, see International Album Releases (Regular).


Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits
(1967)

Blonde On Blonde was released in mono in the USA and Canada, in Europe in the UK, France and Italy only, and in Australia. Details of other worldwide mono releases required! Specific rarities on versions of this mono LP set are detailed in 1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities. For more details of the story of the different versions of the picture collage on the inside of the gatefold sleeve, see The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures.

To explain the limited release in Europe of Blonde On Blonde in mono, Hans Seegers says: "In 1966 there were LP pressing plants in Europe in Holland, West Germany, France, Italy, Spain (where Dylan was forbidden by the Franco regime), Portugal (where Dylan was forbidden by the Salazar regime) and Greece (where Dylan was forbidden by the Greek colonels' regime). In Holland there were three mono LPs released in 1965: Highway 61 Revisited, The Times They Are A-Changin' and Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bringing It All Back Home). In 1966 Blonde On Blonde was released in stereo only, and in 1967 all Bob's works were re-released in stereo only. West Germany did not release a single Bob Dylan mono record, and Scandinavia imported their LPs straight from the UK or Holland. Those dictatorial countries did not start to release Dylan albums until at least five years later, so they were in stereo only."

If you have any entries to add to the list or additions/corrections to existing entries, please let me know! Please note I cannot value your Dylan rarities - see the Mission page for reasons why. Contact the dealers on my Trading page for assistance!

Revised: 10 October, 2017.


Vinyl Releases


"Blonde On Blonde" - two 12" mono acetates, Columbia C2L 41 (USA), May 1966:


Side I scan by Arie de Reus


Side I photo from eBay


Generic Transco buff sleeve (Side I), scan by Arie de Reus

detail of front of both sleeves, scan by Arie de Reus

Generic Transco buff sleeve (Side I), scan by Arie de Reus

Side I handwritten listing, photo from eBay

Side II scan by Arie de Reus

Side II photo from eBay

detail of front of Side II sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus

detail of front of Side II sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus

Side II handwritten listing, photo from eBay

These two 12" mono acetates dated May 1966 are in generic Transco buff sleeves with producer Bob Johnston's name handwritten. They just have "Bob Dylan" and "Side I" or "Side II" in the centres handwritten in white grease pen. Side 1 is unusual in having two versions of Pledging My Time, both the same take, but one brighter and louder than the other. Neither is the 2:06 single edit (R-0052, see 1966). Each acetate has a handwritten track listing:

Side I: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35; Pledging My Time (I); Pledging My Time (II); Visions Of Johanna; Sooner Or Later (One Of Us Must Know).

Side II: I Want You; "Memphis Blues Again"; Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat; Just Like A Woman.

Arie de Reus says: "The sound quality is great, this is the best Blonde On Blonde that I ever heard. There is very little acetate noise. Pledging my Time has two takes, the first sounds like the Canadian/UK mix, the second like the US mix. Both have the same US shorter length."

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for finding this on eBay and to Arie de Reus for further information and scans.


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP set, Columbia C2L 41 (USA), 20 Jun 1966(?):
The release date listed on bobdylan.com was originally 16 May 1966, but this was disputed by many contemporaries, who think it was actually released no earlier than mid July 1966 (see the Blonde On Blonde page of International Album Releases (Regular) for more information). The bobdylan.com release date was first revised to 20 Jun 1966, but is now just "1966". Stuart Moore's white label promo copy with the date of 15 Jul 1966 on the label supports this. Thanks to Yan Friis for the information that the album first charted in the USA on 23 Jul 1966. However, Pete Tesoro of Burbank, CA, is certain that the album was indeed on sale in California in late May 1966 (these may have been advance copies). The front photograph is by Jerry Schatzberg. Note the Columbia logo is upright on the outer sleeve. For more details of the story of the different versions of the picture collage on the inside of the gatefold sleeve, see The Blonde On Blonde Missing PicturesThe US mono 2LP set was re-released by Sundazed in Oct 2002 (see below).

The mono LPs of Blonde On Blonde have significantly different mixes and the length of the tracks frequently differ, by up to 50 seconds in some cases (information from Les Kokay and Roger Ford). Specific rarities on this mono release, also on Columbia singles, are detailed in 1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities. Yoshihiko Satake tells me that the Japanese stereo LP release of Blonde On Blonde is closest to the US mono LP - see 1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities.

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - outside scan by Scott Smith (promo release with timing strip)
The US mono white label promo set shown has a Radio Station Service timing strip sticker on the back of the gatefold sleeve. Gerd Rundel's promo copy has the same timing strip as Scott Smith's copy and a sticker (now removed) promoting two tracks. The records have white labels with stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP113761-2F, Side 2 - XLP113762-3F, Side 3 - XLP113763-4D, Side 4 - XLP113764-2B.


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front sticker photo by Brad Savage (promo release)

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - inside photo by Ulf Gyllenspetz (promo and first commercial releases)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front sticker with track listing, scan by Renaud Depierreux


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - outside scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release with timing strip)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front sticker without track listing, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - Side 3 scan found on eBay by Stuart Moore (promo release with radio station stamp and date)

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - promo set, Side 1 scan by Scott Smith (promo release)

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (commercial release)

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - promo set, Side 2 scan by Scott Smith (promo release)

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - Side 3 (Record 2, Side 1) scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - Side 4 (Record 2, Side 2) scan by Gerd Rundel (promo release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 1 with demonstration sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - detail of "360º Sound" Side 1 with demonstration sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 3 with demonstration sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara

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Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 1 scan by Hans Seegers (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - spine scan by Renaud Depierreux (compare with Sundazed release below)

Manuel García Jara has a copy of the "360º Sound" commercial release with demonstration stickers on Side 1 and Side 3 that read "FOR DEMONSTRATION USE ONLY NOT FOR SALE"

Brad Savage has an original promo copy of C2L 41 with a hole punched out of the Columbia logo in the upper left corner of the sleeve. The front upper right corner has a round gold "PROMOTIONAL ALBUM"/"COLUMBIA SPECIAL PRODUCTS" sticker. The inside gatefold has the original nine photo layout and the typical "Memphis Blues Again" across the top left above the photos. Song 2 on the Side 2 record label is not "MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN" but "STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE" and . Song 3 is exactly as follows: "Leopard-skin Pill-box hat")? The records have matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP113761-2J, Side 2 - XLP113762-3D, Side 3 - XLP113763-4H, Side 4 - XLP113764-2J.

The 1966 commercial copies shown above could have one of three different stickers on the front sleeve, the sticker promoting Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 and I Want You comes in two versions - one including a full track listing and the other without it. The orange sticker has text "DELUXE (2) RECORD SET". All these copies come with the nine photo inside gatefold sleeve including Claudia Cardinale. The records have red Columbia labels with the "MONO/360º SOUND" plus arrows logo in white.


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front with sticker, photo by Marc Kuszel (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front sticker photo by Marc Kuszel (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front with sticker in plastic sleeve, photo by Ben Floresca (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - inside in plastic sleeve, photo by Ben Floresca (commercial release)


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - outside with sticker in plastic sleeve, photo by Ben Floresca (commercial release)
Marc Kuszel's commercial copy has a sticker with black text "DELUXE (2) TWO RECORD SET". Marc understands this indicates the copy was originally sold by a retailer on the East Coast of the USA. Ben Floresca, who also has a copy, says these were only attached to first pressings by East Coast retailer United States Record Corp., who then sealed the album inside a plastic sleeve with their logo that encased the entire gatefold album sleeve, so when you open it up the gatefold is completely protected by the sleeve. No other stickers were attached to these copies.

Gage Kenady has an original US mono copy that has a slight label variation on the first disc. On Side 2 it has "STUCK INSIDE OF MOBILE WITH THE". "Leopard-skin Pill-box hat" appears as shown with a lower-case "h" on "hat". The Side 2 matrix number is XLP113762-3D. On neither Side 1 or 2 does it say "NONBREAKABLE" as it does on the second disc.


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, comparison of two copies scan by Gordon Todd
Gordon Todd says: "I have two mono copies of the Cardinale gatefold, both with "Memphis Blues Again" in the track listing. However, the photos in one are black halftones and blue plus black duotones in the other. The duotone version has a clear dark blue hue that is missing from the other. Magnification of the duotones clearly shows two ink colors in the lithography dots. Do you have any insight into this variation? Perhaps the two-color printing was scrapped on later pressings to cut cost."

No contributor so far has seen a copy with the blue tinge, and Manuel García Jara thinks it's just a printing variant.


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, comparison of two copies scan by Gordon Todd

Gerd Rundel's "360º Sound" commercial copy shown above has stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP113761-2A, Side 2 - XLP113762-3B, Side 3 - XLP113763-4F, Side 4 - XLP113764-2F.


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 3 photo by Peter Roy
Peter Roy's copy has the original gatefold sleeve design with the picture of Claudia Cardinale. The record labels have "BLONDE ON BLONDE" above "BOB DYLAN". All sides have the expected songs but the matrix numbers are the same for both records: Sides 1/3 - XLP113763-4F, Sides 2/4 - XLP113763-2E (the sides should be "XLP 113761", "XLP 113762", "XLP 113763" and "XLP 113764").
Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - detail of Side 3, photo by Peter Roy


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - "360º Sound" Side 4 photo by Peter Roy


Columbia C2L 41 (USA) - front with sticker, scan by Renaud Depierreux

Karen Kavanaugh has a copy of the first release where both sides of Record 2 have the Side 3 label (labelled "SIDE 1"), although Side 4 plays Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands as expected. I have no heard of any other instance of this. Renaud Depierreux has a copy of the second release without the Claudia Cardinale picture on the inner gatefold. This copy also has a front sticker as shown above. The records come in clear plastic bag inner sleeves and have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP113761-2F, Side 2 - XLP113762-3E, Side 3 - XLP113763-4D, Side 4 - XLP113764-2B.

Clayton Trevorrow has recently acquired a US mono copy of Blonde on Blonde with some intriguing qualities. The sleeve has the normal "C2L 41" markings, but lacks the Claudia Cardinale photos on the inside of the gatefold. Additionally, the track listing on the sleeve features the shortened "Memphis Blues Again" song title. The paper Columbia inner sleeve, which he believes to be original, advertises Nashville Skyline and several other albums that came out in 1969. The record matrix numbers also suggest a production date that seems later than when mono copies were pressed. They are: Record 1, Side 1: XLP113761-2B; Record 1, Side 2: XLP113762-3G; Record 2, Side 1: XLP113763-4F; Record 2, Side 2: XXLP113764-2G (note the "XXLP" on the Side 4 matrix number). Lastly, the song titles on the record labels include the shortened "MEMPHIS BLUES AGAIN" and the "Leopard-skin Pill-box hat" with the lower case "h".

Evan Ruster has a similar copy, but this time it does have the Claudia Cardinal inner sleeve. The record matrix numbers on Record 1 are very similar to Clayton's, and exactly the same on Record 2. They are: Record 1, Side 1: XLP113761-2A; Record 1, Side 2: XLP113762-3H; Record 2, Side 1: XLP113763-4F; Record 2, Side 2: XXLP113764-2G (again note the "XXLP" on the Side 4 matrix number). The records also have "o" marks in the vinyl which mean they were pressed at Pitman, NJ.


Millennium Masters Collection - front insert of pirate release, scan by Joe Boden

Thanks to Joe Boden for pictures of a 2005 CD release which purports to be one of a series called "The Millennium Masters Collection". This looks official, but actually isn't. It has the Columbia mono catalogue number "C2L 41" on the CD itself, and also the catalogue number "LP 5110" on the front insert - my guess therefore is that it is a very convincing pirate CD copy of the 2002 Sundazed release below. It's shown here for information purposes only.


Millennium Masters Collection - rear insert of pirate release, scan by Joe Boden


Millennium Masters Collection - CD of pirate release, scan by Joe Boden

Thanks to Stephan Pickering for information and to Scott Smith, Ulf Gyllenspetz, Marc Kuszel, Gerd Rundel, Manuel García Jara, Joe Boden and Renaud Depierreux for pictures.


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP set, Sundazed/Columbia LP 5110 (USA), Oct 2002:


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - picture from Sundazed web-site (2002 release)

The US mono 2LP set was re-released by Sundazed on 180gm vinyl in Oct 2002. Sadly, they did not get permission to reproduce the original inner sleeve with the picture of Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - front sticker scan by Patrick Helfrich (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - detail of front, scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release - Sundazed 2002 release is the same)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - detail of rear, scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110-TEST (USA) - test pressing picture from Sundazed web-site (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)

Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Renaud Depierreux (2002 release)


Columbia/Sundazed LP 5110 (USA) - 2002 release, spine scan by Renaud Depierreux (compare with 1966 mono release below)

Thanks to Robert Kornovich for pointing out that very few US mono copies of Blonde On Blonde were produced with the revised layout, so Sundazed are reproducing the version that was least available in the 1960s! For the original inner sleeve layout and variations, see above and The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures. Thanks to Renaud Depierreux for information that Sundazed are now selling off five white label test pressings of this set. The commercial release discs have darker red labels than those of the original mono release. This release also appeared on CD as part of what is called "The Millennium Remasters Collection" of mono recordings, but as far as I know this was unauthorised (see above). The real mono CD release of Blonde On Blonde from 2010 is shown at the bottom of this page.

Thanks to Roger Ford for information and to Patrick Helfrich and Renaud Depierreux for scans.


"Blonde On Blonde" - mono vinyl 2LP reissues, Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA); Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe), 7 Dec 2010, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe), 20 Nov 2015:

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA), 7 Dec 2010:


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)
This heavyweight vinyl mono 2LP release is part of the LP version of the 2010 9LP set The Original Mono Recordings, see International Album Releases (Multi-Packs) 2010s, sold separately. The inside of the gatefold sleeve has the revised seven photo layout without the photo of Claudia Cardinale (the 2002 Sundazed mono 2LP release also used the revised inner sleeve). Thanks to Robert Kornovich for pointing out that very few US mono copies of Blonde On Blonde were produced with the revised layout, so Sundazed in 2002 and Columbia in 2010 reproduced the version that was least available in the 1960s! The record labels reproduce the style of the original 1966 mono labels. As well as "C2L 41" the record sides are also numbered "88697761051-7A/B/C/D". These numbers are also the matrix numbers.
Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia 88697761051-7/C2L 41 (USA) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)

Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe), 7 Dec 2010:


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - front with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - front sticker photo by Andreas Volkert (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - rear with sticker, scan by Manuel García Jara (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - Side 1 photo by Éamonn Ó Catháin (2010 release)


Columbia/Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL for Europe) - detail of Side 1, photo by Éamonn Ó Catháin (2010 release - made in the USA)

This album was also sold in Europe by the Dutch company Music On Vinyl as MOVLP 245. The copy shown has a gold Music On Vinyl sticker on the front sleeve and a white sticker with a barcode on the rear sleeve at bottom right. The record in the Dutch release is the same as that in the US release (see Side 1 photo above).

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe), 20 Nov 2015:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)
The 2010 Music On Vinyl album was reissued in Europe on 20 Nov 2015 as Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 with a new black "LEGACY VINYL" sticker with gold text. This is one of four new releases including Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Nashville Skyline (which must be in stereo).
Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - front of 2015 gatefold sleeve with stickers (my copy)


Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - 2015 front Legacy Vinyl sticker


Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - 2015 front HMV sticker


Columbia/Legacy/ Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - rear of 2015 gatefold sleeve

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - detail of spine of 2015 gatefold sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - Side 1 scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - detail of Side 1, scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release - "Made in the EU")

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - Side 2 scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - Side 3 scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - Side 4 scan by Jack Guerreiro (2015 release)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - detail of rear of 2015 gatefold sleeve (dated 2015, "Made in the EU")


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88875146311 (NL for Europe) - spine of 2015 gatefold sleeve

The 2015 record labels have different circumference text from the 2010 labels, and also have the Legacy and Sony Music logos under "Produced by Bob Johnston". None of these releases came with an included CD or an MP3 download link. The records of Éamonn Ó Catháin's copy (my copy is still sealed) have matrix numbers: Side 1 - 88697761051-LP7-A 88020 1A MOVLP 245, Side 2 - 88697761051-LP7-B 88020 1B MOVLP 245, Side 3 - 88697761051-LP7-C 88020 1C MOVLP 245, Side 4 - 88697761051-LP7-D 88020 1D MOVLP 245. These are the old catalogue numbers from the 2010 release, not the new catalogue number. Each side also has "Sterling" and "RKS" stamped in the vinyl, which mean that the records were mastered by Ryan K Smith of Sterling Sound. The records of Jack Guerreiro's copy have what look like the same matrix numbers: Side 1 - 88697761051 - LP 7 - A  88020 1A MOVLP 245, Side 2 - 88697761051 - LP 7 - B  88020 1B MOVLP 245, Side 3 - 88697761051 - LP 7 - C  88020 1C MOVLP 245, Side 4 - 88697761051 - LP 7 - D  88020 1D MOVLP 245.

Thanks to Manuel García Jara, Andreas Volkert, Éamonn Ó Catháin, Tim Prince and Jack Guerreiro for information and pictures.


"Blonde On Blonde" - mono 2LP set, Columbia C2L 41 (Canada), Summer 1966:


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) -
front scan by Gerd Rundel

The late Sam Visser had a copy of the C2L 41 Canadian mono 2LP set which he believed was an earlier mix than the US mono album, this is confirmed by Roger Kornovich who has a copy of the same album. The discs are of heavy vinyl (Sam thought around 180gm) and have matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP113761-1A, Side 2 - XLP113762-1A, Side 3 - XLP113763-1A, Side 4 - XLP113764-1A. Roger Ford says it is different on all four sides from the "final" mono mix used on the Sundazed reissue, and different on sides 3 and 4 from the earlier mix used on UK/European mono pressings.
Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - inside of gatefold sleeve,
scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - detail of spine of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - Side 1
scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - Side 2
scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - Side 3
scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - Side 4
scan by Gerd Rundel


Columbia C2L 41 (Canada) - spine of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel

The mixes are very noticeably different on Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) and 4th Time Around, and Bob makes a vocal slip on Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands (Take 4) that's been rectified on all other releases. At the end of the fourth verse he sings "how could they ever have...uh...'suaded you". This was corrected by a splicing from Take 1, "how [could they ever have persuaded] you". Ironically the version of Take 4 included on the Nov 2015 18CD set The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Bob Dylan 1965-1966 The Cutting Edge Collector’s Edition is the spliced version, not the original version from this album!

The inside of the gatefold sleeve is pasted on the heavy card cover, and the records have plain white sleeves. This release has the Claudia Cardinale picture on the inside gatefold and "Memphis Blues Again" on both the sleeve and the Side 2 label.

Dale Wiese says about the vinyl weight: "Although the weight of the pressing is somewhat more than a typical 1970s issue, it is certainly not akin to a 180 gram pressing. My best estimate is that it is likely 150 gram, possibly less. It does have the exact matrix info as the copy you describe, and crucially, the vocal hesitation at the end of the fourth verse of Sad Eyed Lady. I rather doubt that there was ever a slightly later mono repress of a lighter weight than the original 1966 issue." Thanks to Gerd Rundel for confirming that the weights of both records are below 150gm.

Thanks to Mike Pearson, Roger Kornovich, Arie de Reus, Gerd Rundel and Stephan Pickering for information and scans.


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP set, CBS DDP 66012/CL 2516-2517 (UK), 13 Aug 1966:
Thanks to Yan Friis for the information that the album first charted in the UK on 20 Aug 1966. Ian Woodward has calculated the release date as 13 Aug 1966 based on contemporary press reports. My mem'ry that I must have bought it in late June 1966 therefore served me wrong! The (corrected) story of how I bought it is here. Donald Welsh has a copy bought in Glasgow with a pencilled date of "27/8/1966" (27 Aug 1966) on the inside of the gatefold sleeve above Claudia Cardinale's photo, possibly made by the record shop at the time of receipt.


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - detail of front with "MAY 1966" handwritten date, photo by Ben Floresca
On the other hand, Ben Floresca has a first release copy of DDP 66012 with a handwritten date of "MAY 1966" on the front sleeve. This may have been an advance copy of some kind.

The CBS logo is rotated on the front sleeve, which also has the text "Featuring I WANT YOU and RAINY DAY WOMEN #12 & 35" (both of these had been released as singles). For more about the original album sleeve and the inside gatefold pictures, which were the original set with Claudia Cardinale, see The Blonde On Blonde Missing Pictures. This set has the Canadian mono mix on Sides 1 and 2, and the US mono mix on Sides 3 and 4! Specific rarities on this mono LP, also on Columbia mono singles, are detailed in 1966 Blonde On Blonde Rarities. The inside of the gatefold sleeve has two folded-over flaps.

 

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CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - front scan by Hans Seegers

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CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - detail of front with original 59'5d price sticker, scan by John Gaylor


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - front with 50/- price sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - detail of front with 50/- price sticker, scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (note two folded-over flaps)

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CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - original 1966 inner sleeve front scan by Hans Seegers


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - original 1966 inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - detail of original 1966 inner sleeve rear scan by Gerd Rundel (no Blonde On Blonde)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - later 1966 inner sleeve front (my copy)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - detail of later 1966 inner sleeve front with Blonde On Blonde (my copy)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release - this label has "BLONDE ON BLONDE" above "BOB DYLAN", with "Record 1" on the right, and shows the record speed as just "33")


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release - "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Thee")


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (alternate first release - "Memphis Blues Again" - this may be the very first release)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (first release)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - later 1966 inner sleeve rear (my copy)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release - this label has "BOB DYLAN" above "BLONDE ON BLONDE" with "Record 1" below, and shows the record speed as "33")


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release -  "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Thee" again)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)

CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (second release)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - 1967 inner sleeve front, scan by Gerd Rundel (UK release of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits at top right)


CBS DDP 66012 (UK) - 1967 inner sleeve rear, scan by Gerd Rundel

This mono album was released twice with slightly different labels, with the differences listed above. Both the first and second release copies from Gerd Rundel have Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again listed on Side 2 as "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Thee", but Stuart Moore has found a copy on eBay with first release labels but with the song listed as "Memphis Blues Again". The records are in the orange 1966 inner sleeves as shown above. For more on this confusion see the stereo album page on International Album Releases (Regular).

Ian Woodward has a copy which he thinks dates from 1967, with first release labels with playing speed "33" on Record 1 (the Side 2 variant with "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With Thee"), and second release labels with playing speed "33" on Record 2. The records have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - DDP 66012 A1, Side 2 - DDP 66012 B1, Side 3 - DDP 66012 C1, Side 4 - DDP 66012 D1.

The orange inner sleeve shown on the right above was the 1966 original, with details of current UK CBS albums, with Dylan albums up to but not including Blonde On Blonde (Gerd Rundel has a 1965-66 copy of the mono Another Side Of Bob Dylan that has this same inner sleeve).I have a copy of another album with a different 1966 CBS UK inner sleeve that includes an illustration of Blonde On Blonde at top right. John Gaylor's copy still has a gold price sticker of "59/5d" (£2/19/5 or £2.97 today). His copy of the first release had stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - DDP 66012-A1, Side 2 - DDP 66012-B1, Side 3 - DDP 66012-C1, Side 4 - DDP 66012-D1. Gerd Rundel's copy of the first mono release has the same stamped matrix numbers as John Gaylor's. Gerd also has a copy of the first release with the same stamped matrix numbers with a different cheaper blue price sticker of 50/- (£2/10/0 or £2.50 today).

Gerd's copy of the second mono release from 1967 also has exactly the same stamped matrix numbers. This is in line with the first and second releases of the stereo version. Renaud Depierreux has a copy with the 1967 inner sleeves with first release labels on Record 1 and second release labels on Record 2. The record of this copy still has matrix numbers: Side 1 - DDP 66012-A1, Side 2 - DDP 66012-B1, Side 3 - DDP 66012-C1, Side 4 - DDP 66012-D1.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, John Gaylor, Roger Ford and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Blonde On Blonde" - vinyl mono promo and commercial 2LP sets, CBS 66012 (France), Sep 1966, re-released 1971:

CBS 66012 (France), Sep 1966 test pressing:


CBS 66012 mono (France) - Side A1 of test pressing (Side 1 of commercial release), scan by Arie de Reus

The test pressing from Arie de Reus is unusual in that the reverse of the first record is actually Side 3 (Side 1 of the second commercial LP), whereas the second record has Side 2 as its first side (Side 2 of the first commercial LP) and Side 4 as its reverse (Side 2 of the second commercial LP). This test pressing is dated 9 Sep 1966.


CBS 66012 mono (France) - Side A2 of test pressing (Side 3 of commercial release), scan by Arie de Reus


CBS 66012 mono (France) - Side B1 of test pressing (Side 2 of commercial release), scan by Arie de Reus


CBS 66012 mono (France) - Side B2 of test pressing (Side 4 of commercial release), scan by Arie de Reus

This French release is unique in that the gatefold sleeve has a completely different centre with French sleeve notes and pictures of earlier CBS France Dylan releases. All the pictures in the US/UK gatefold centre are missing. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again is here given as just "Memphis Blues Again" on the inside of the gatefold sleeve and record label. The records are unusual in that they have another set of mixes again! They have the US mix on Sides 1 and 4, but have unique mixes on Side 2 and 3. Roger Ford thinks these are later mixes than the US mix, while the Canadian mixes are earlier. Roger says: "The mixes unique to this release are of Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat, Temporary Like Achilles, 4th Time Around and Obviously 5 Believers. These mixes appear to be later than those on the Canadian mono album but earlier than those on the US mono." For Roger's Electric Dylan web-site, see .

CBS 66012 (France), Sep 1966 onwards (sleeves printed by Jean Colombet and "B.I.E.M." on the record labels):

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CBS 66012 (France) - outside of gatefold sleeve - scan by Chris Hirte (1960s releases)


CBS 66012 (France) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate 1960s release)

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CBS 66012 (France) - inside gatefold sleeve scan by Chris Hirte (1960s releases)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s releases with white border)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke (alternate 1960s release without white border)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of inside gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s releases)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of inside gatefold sleeve, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s releases - printer "Jean Colombet, PARIS XV")

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CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A "B.I.E.M.", "33 T." below CBS logo)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A)

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CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A)

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CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A)

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CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Chris Hirte (1960s release variant 1A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B)

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B "B.I.E.M.", "33 T." below CBS logo)

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 1B)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A, "B.I.E.M.","33 T." left of CBS logo)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Gerd Rundel (1960s release variant 2A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 2B)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke, (1960s release variant 2B, "B.I.E.M.","33 T." left of CBS logo)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1 scan by
Lars M. Banke, (1960s release variant 2B)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 2B)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 2B)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 2B)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3, "B.I.E.M.","33 T." alongside CBS logo bottom edge)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3)


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Jérémie Viala (1960s release variant 3)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by
Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A, "B.I.E.M.","33 T." alongside CBS logo bottom edge)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A, album title misprinted as "LO NDE ON BLONDE")

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4A)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B, "B.I.E.M.","33 T." alongside CBS logo bottom edge)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B, album title now correct)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (1960s release variant 4B)

Gerd Rundel has a copy of the first release that I have called "variant 2" with the same gatefold sleeve that opens in the centre for the records. The outside of gatefold sleeve is laminated while inside is matt. The text below the centre hole on the Side 1 record label is positioned higher than on the Side 1 record label of Chris Hirte's copy, also the text on Gerd's Side 4 label is positioned differently to the left and right of the CBS logo. The Side 2 and Side 3 labels look the same as those of Chris Hirte's copy. These records have handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - HI 66012 A1 - Side 2: HI 66012 A2, Side 3 - HI 66012 B1, Side 4 - H 66012 B2. Jérémie Viala's first release variant 3 copy comes in the same sleeve. The records have dark orange labels and different positioning of text elements such as the song titles and the "33 T." playing speed.

Robert Kornovich has two copies - the first has labels as shown above with "B.I.E.M." to the right of the centre hole. B.I.E.M. (Bureau International des Sociétés Gérant les Droits d'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mécanique) is an international copyright organisation based in France. The gatefold opens in the centre for the records. The second copy, purchased in the early 1970s, has "SACEM" to the right of the centre hole (see below for details) and the gatefold opens at the edges. Stan (casimir99) reports his copy of the gatefold sleeve opens at the inside centre and at the edges, so there are three variants, confirmed by Jérémie Viala! Stan's records also have the "B.I.E.M." labels. The records of Jérémie Viala's copy appear to have very dark orange/red labels.

Thanks to Jean-Luc Sarrabayrouse for information about the mono copy. Jean-Luc thinks that his copy sounds as if it is in stereo, although it says "Mono" on the sleeve (although not on the labels).

The sleeves of all of these copies except Robert Kornovich's second copy described below were printed in Paris by Jean Colombet. Lars M. Banke has submitted scans of five copies, four of which have sleeves printed by Jean Colombet and the "B.I.EM." logo on the record labels. These have record labels with varying text placement, and are all shown for completeness. On the Side 3 label of the copy I've labelled "4A" the album title is misprinted as "LO NDE ON BLONDE"! The record labels of the copy I've labelled "4B" are a deeper orange than those of the other two copies owned by Lars. Lars also notes the gatefold sleeve variants:

1A: no information
1B: opens from the outside – white border

2A: no information
2B: opens from the inside – white border

3: no information

4A: opens from the inside – no white border
4B: opens from the inside – white border

Stan's variant opens at both the inside and the outside!

CBS 66012 (France), 1971 (sleeves printed by Graphicolor or Jean Colombet and "SACEM" on the record labels):


CBS 66012 (France) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release)
On these record labels "B.I.E.M." has been replaced by"SACEM", which is a specifically French copyright organisation (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique). Peter Coulthard has a similar copy to Robert Kornovich's later release (possibly 1971) with the "SACEM" logo on the right of the record labels. The matrix numbers are identical to those reported for the first release, and also handwritten. The spine has a black printed rectangle underneath the lamination, masking the "66012" serial number for some reason. The text "2XT" is printed on the top right of the rear sleeve, not present on the first release sleeve.


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release - "2XT")


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release - white border returned)

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release - printer "Graphicolor")

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Sergio Mariano Romay (alternate1971 release - printer "Jean Colombet", but no "PARIS XV")


CBS 66012 (France) - different gatefolds (top copy opens in the centre, bottom copy opens at the edges, photo by Robert Kornovich


CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1)

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1 - "SACEM")

CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1 - album title much higher)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release, variant 1)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 1 scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2 - "SACEM"


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of Side 1, scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 2 scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 3 scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2 - album title also higher)

CBS 66012 (France) - Side 4 scan by Lars M. Banke (1971 release variant 2)


CBS 66012 (France) - detail of spine, scan by Peter Coulthard (1971 release with overprint on left)

There is also a different printer's mark on the right hand side of the inner sleeve of Peter Coulthard's copy. Instead of having the "Jean Colombet" printer's mark as shown above, this sleeve has the printer's name "Graphicolor" (also a Parisian printer). Otherwise the inside of the gatefold is identical to that of the first release. The openings for the records on the gatefold sleeve are at the outside edges. The records of the Peter Coulthard's copy shown have dark orange labels.

Lars M. Banke's fifth copy has a sleeve printed by Graphicolor with "XT" on the rear as shown and the "SACEM" logo on the record labels. The sleeve again opens at the outside edges for the records (i don't know how Peter Coulthard's copy opens). The records of the copy shown have deeper orange labels than those of Lars' other copies.

Sergio Mariano Romay has a copy with the same "SACEM" record labels as those of Peter Coulhard's copy and almost the same sleeve - the CBS front logo again has a white border, it has "2XT" on the rear, the records openings are on the outside, and there is the same overprint on the spine as shown. However, the printer is not Graphicolor but still Jean Colombet. The "PARIS XV" under the Jean Colombet logo is now missing.

Thanks to Arie de Reus, Chris Hirte, Gerd Rundel, Robert Kornovich, Jérémie Viala, Peter Coulthard, Lars M. Banke and Sergio Mariano Romay for the pictures.


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP sets, CBS 66012 (Italy), Sep 1966, re-released late 1960s, 1975, 1979:

CBS 66012 (Italy), Sep 1966, re-released late 1960s:


CBS 66012 (Italy) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first four releases)
Thanks to Hans Seegers and Roger Ford for information about this release, made in Italy by CBS Italiana S.p.A. and distributed by Messagerie Musicali, Milano and Rome. I don't as yet know which mono version it is.


CBS 66012 (Italy) - front scan by Manuel García Jara (first four releases)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of front, scan by Manuel García Jara (first four releases)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release, “MADE IN ITALY – MARCHIO REG. N. 156583” at bottom)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first and second releases)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (first and second releases)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release, matrix number upside down)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 3 scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Emanuele Patrocco (first release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 1 photo from eBay (second release with "SIAE" stamp on left)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, photo from eBay (second release - just “MADE IN ITALY” at bottom)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, photo from eBay (second release, matrix number right way up)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of spine, scan by Manuel García Jara (all releases)

The inside gatefold of the first and second releases have the nine photo design including Claudia Cardinale. Each side of the original inner gatefold sleeve has two folded-over flaps. The Italian text is printed on the bottom of the Claudia Cardinale photo, see the detail scan. There is no printer's name on the sleeve. Emanuele Patrocco says: "The first mono pressing has a gatefold sleeve, laminated outside, nine photos inside, regular CBS orange labels without "SIAE" logos. This edition is very hard to find." The records have orange CBS labels with "MADE IN ITALY" plus extra text at the bottom. The matrix numbers to the right of the centre hole are printed upside down.

Thanks to Renaud Depierreux for finding a copy on eBay with a different 1960s label design with a stamped "SIAE" logo. It still has the original inside sleeve with the nine photos, but the inner sleeves (which may not be original) date from 1973 because they show the latest CBS albums including Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid. The record labels now just have "MADE IN ITALY" at the bottom and the matrix numbers to the right of the centre hole are now printed the right way up.

CBS 66012 (Italy), ca. 1970:


CBS 66012 (Italy) - front scan by Andrea Brillo (third release)
The third mono pressing has a unique inside gatefold, with a monochrome version of the regular outside. The tracklisting is on the inside at top left. The record still have orange CBS labels, but now there is no text at the bottom of the labels and "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR S.p.A." is in the circumference text to the right of the centre hole.
CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Andrea Brillo (third release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Andrea Brillo (third and fourth releases)
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CBS 66012 (Italy) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (third and fourth releases)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Andrea Brillo (third release - no text at bottom)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Andrea Brillo (third release - "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR S.p.A." in circumference text)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Andrea Brillo (third release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 3 scan by Andrea Brillo (third release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Andrea Brillo (third release)

The records of Andrea Brillo's copy have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP 113761 10/11/66, Side 2 - CBS XLP 113762 10/11/66, Side 3 - XLP 113763 11/11/66, Side 4 - XLP 113764 11/11/66. The pressing dates are 10 Nov 1966 for Record 1 and 11 Nov 1966 for Record 2.

CBS 66012 (Italy), 1975:


CBS 66012 (Italy) - front scan by Andrea Brillo (fourth release)

Thanks to Dr. Walter Roedl for scans of a fourth copy with the unique inside gatefold but with 1970s-style orange-yellow labels. These labels have "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR" at the bottom. The records of Andrea Brillo's copy of this release have stamped matrix numbers: 1975: Side 1 - XLP 113761 10/11/66, Side 2 - CBS XLP 113762 10/11/66, Side 3 - XLP 113763 11/11/66, Side 4 - XLP 113764 11/11/66. The pressing dates are still 10 Nov 1966 for Record 1 and 11 Nov 1966 for Record 2.


CBS 66012 (Italy) - inside scan by Andrea Brillo (fourth release)

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CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 1 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (fourth release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by Andrea Brillo (fourth release, "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS SUGAR" at bottom)

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CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (fourth release)

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CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 3 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (fourth release)
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CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Dr. Walter Roedl (fourth release)

CBS 66012 (Italy), 1979:


CBS 66012 (Italy) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 1 with "SIAE" stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - detail of Side 1, scan by
Manuel García Jara (1979 release, "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS" at bottom, "SUGAR" now missing)


CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 3 with "SIAE" stamp, scan by Manuel García Jara (fifth release, 1979)

CBS 66012 (Italy) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (1979 release)

Manuel García Jara has a copy of the final Italian mono release from 1979. The outer sleeve is not laminated. The front has a smaller CBS logo than on the front of the previous releases. The inner gatefold is monochrome as the earlier 1970s release, with the track listing at top left. The records again have 1970s-style orange-yellow CBS labels. These labels have "MADE IN ITALY BY CBS" at the bottom, the "SUGAR" has been removed, but the text is still aligned as if it were present. The records of the copy shown have matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP-113761  10/11/66 (10 Nov 1966), Side 2 - CBS XLP-113762  10/11/66 (10 Nov 1966), Side 3 - XLP-1137613 1L/3  10/1/79 (10 Jan 1979), Side 4 - XLP-113764  11/11/66 (11 Nov 1966). For some reason Side 3 had a new master from 1979.

Thanks to Hans Seegers, Roger Ford and Renaud Depierreux for information, and to Manuel García Jara, Emanuele Patrocco and Dr. Walter Roedl for scans.


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP set, CBS 2BP-220019 (CBS BP-233345/CBS BP-233346) (Australia), Aug 1966:

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CBS 2BP-220019 (Australia) - outside of gatefold sleeve, photo by Peter Lindberg
This rare album has a fully laminated gatefold sleeve with the Claudia Cardinale picture inside and orange CBS labels. I don't as yet know which mono version it is. The records are numbered CBS BP-233345 and CBS BP-233346. The Australian record labels have the royalty logo of "J. ALBERT & SON" as on the first Australian stereo release, see International Album Releases (Regular). The record labels have round the circumference at the bottom the text "MADE IN AUSTRALIA BY A REGISTERED USER OF THE TRADE MARKS" without a CBS copyright. This is because up to 1977 all Australian records were manufactured by the Australian Record Company (Pty) Ltd. (A.R.C.) on behalf of CBS.

Thanks to Peter Lindberg and Rob Cole for information and photos/scans.


CBS 2BP-220019 (Australia) - front photo by Peter Lindberg


CBS BP-233345 (Australia) - Side 1 photo by Peter Lindberg (Record 1, Side 1)

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CBS 2BP-220019 (Australia) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Rob Cole

CBS BP-233345 (Australia) - Side 2 photo by Peter Lindberg (Record 1, Side 2)

CBS BP-233346 (Australia) - Side 3 photo by Peter Lindberg (Record 2, Side 1)


CBS BP-233346 (Australia) - Side 4 photo by Peter Lindberg (Record 2, Side 2)


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP sets, CBS BP-473314/5 (New Zealand), Aug 1966 (twice):


CBS BP-473314/5 (New Zealand) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - first release)

The first release of this mono album came in a unique mono/stereo sleeve with a monochrome version of the Bringing It All Back Home front sleeve on the back. The front sleeve has the album title in white and a gold foil mono sticker. The CBS logo at front top left is white on black and has both the mono and stereo catalogue numbers below it. The inner gatefold sleeve has the Claudia Cardinale photo and two folded-over flaps. The records have orange CBS labels with the Albert logo to the right of the centre hole. The album was marketed by Phonogram New Zealand on behalf of CBS and the records were made in New Zealand. The sleeve was printed in New Zealand by Whitcombe & Tombs Limited.

The mono/stereo gatefold sleeve of the second release has a conventional outer design, with the same inner gatefold sleeve with the Claudia Cardinale photo and two folded-over flaps. The CBS logo at front top left is now black on white with the mono and stereo New Zealand and US catalogue numbers below it. The printer's name is now not shown. The records of the second release have the same plain orange CBS labels as those of the first release and those of the copy shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - MX 147651  BP 233345-1, Side 3 - MX 147652  BP 233345-2, Side 3 - MX 147653  BP 233346-1, Side 4 - MX 147654  BP 233346-2 (BP 233345-6 are the Australian mono catalogue numbers as above).

Thanks to Arie de Reus and Lars M. Banke for information and scans.


CBS BP-473314/473315 (New Zealand) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - first release)

CBS BP-473314/473315 (New Zealand) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - first release)

CBS BP-473314/473315 (New Zealand) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - both releases)


CBS BP-473314/473315 (New Zealand) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke (mono/stereo sleeve - second release)


CBS BP-473314/473315 (New Zealand) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Lars M. Banke (mono/stereo sleeve - second release)

CBS BP-473314/5 (New Zealand) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve with "MONO" sticker, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - first release)

CBS BP-473314/5 (New Zealand) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve with "MONO" sticker, scan by Lars M. Banke (mono/stereo sleeve - second release)

CBS BP-473314 (New Zealand) - Side 1 scan by Arie de Reus (both releases)

CBS BP-473314 (New Zealand) - detail of Side 1, scan by Arie de Reus (both releases)

CBS BP-473314 (New Zealand) - Side 2 scan by Arie de Reus (both releases)

CBS BP-473315 (New Zealand) - Side 3 scan by Arie de Reus (both releases)

CBS BP-473315 (New Zealand) - Side 4 scan by Arie de Reus (both releases)


CBS BP-473314/5 (New Zealand) - spine of gatefold sleeve, scan by Arie de Reus (mono/stereo sleeve - first release)


"Blonde On Blonde" - 2 vinyl mono LP set, CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa/Rhodesia), 1966 (three releases):


CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - front of gatefold sleeve (first release - my copy)

This set comes in the usual gatefold sleeve with the original 9-photo inside gatefold design including the picture of Claudia Cardinale. The records have orange CBS labels and have catalogue numbers CBS ALD 6953 and CBS ALD 6954. The first release of this set has only the outside of the gatefold sleeve laminated, although not completely - there is an unlaminated border of about 1cm. The left and right sides of the inside of the gatefold sleeve are reversed as shown below. There are no inside folded-over flaps. The second release has the inside pictures corrected and the outside sleeve is fully laminated. The inside sleeve has two folded-over flaps.

The records of the first two releases shown have identical labels and stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP 113761-2A, Side 2 - XLP 113762-3G, Side 3 - XLP 113763-4F, Side 4 - XLP 113764-2G. The third release has an identical sleeve to the second release, but there is a slight difference on the labels: Side 1, 2 and 3 of the first and second release have "(All by Bob Dylan)" as composer credit. Side 4 obviously has only "(Bob Dylan)" (only one song), this third release has just "(Bob Dylan) on all four sides. The records of the third release shown have stamped matrix numbers: Side 1 - XLP 113761-2B, Side 2 - XLP 113762-2G, Side 3 - XLP 113763-2C, Side 4 - XLP 113764-2G.

Thanks to Roger Ford for pointing out that, although all the other songs are credited to Dwarf Music, on the Side 1 record label of all releases tracks 2 and 4 - Pledging My Time and One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) - are credited to "Copyright Control". Tim Dunn explains that "Copyright Control" means that the work is copyrighted, but the publisher is yet not known. This is odd because One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) was the first song Bob copyrighted for Dwarf Music on 11 Feb 1966. Pledging My Time was copyrighted by Dwarf Music on 29 Mar 1966, both well before this album was released.


CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - outside of unfolded gatefold sleeve (first release - my copy)

CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - front of gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (second and third releases)

CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - detail of front of gatefold sleeve (first release - unlaminated border can be seen top and left)


CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - inside of unfolded gatefold sleeve with left and right sides reversed (first release - my copy)


CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - inside of unfolded gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (second and third releases)


CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - outside of unfolded gatefold sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara (second and third releases)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 1 (first and second releases - my copy)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1 (first and second releases - "All by Bob Dylan")

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 2 (first and second releases)

CBS ALD 6954 (South Africa) - Side 3 (first and second releases)

CBS ALD 6954 (South Africa) - Side 4 (first and second releases)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 1 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - detail of Side 1, scan by Manuel García Jara (third release - just "Bob Dylan"))

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 2 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 3 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

CBS ALD 6953 (South Africa) - Side 4 scan by Manuel García Jara (third release)

CBS ALD 6953/4 (South Africa) - detail of rear of gatefold sleeve (all releases)

Thanks to Gerd Rundel for information and special thanks to Manuel García Jara for the copy with the inner misprint and scans of the second and third releases.


"Blonde On Blonde" - mono vinyl 2LP release, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 888751463110 (Europe), 1 Dec 2017:

More information will be added when available.

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information.


CD Releases


"Blonde On Blonde" - mono CD release, CBS M 66012 (Europe?), 2005:


CBS M 66012 (Europe?) - front of digipak photo by Senne Willems (pirated release)
Several people have also emailed me and provided pictures of what purports to be a CD promo in a digipak of the mono version of Blonde On Blonde released in Germany, being sold on a Japanese online auction site. The digipak uses the artwork of the Dutch Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits 2 releases, see International Albums (Dylan-Only Compilations) 1960s. Roger Ford tells me it's also been described on eBay as being from Sweden. This item has the CBS logo on the digipak and the CD itself, with a catalogue number of M 66012 (the same number as the UK, French and Italian mono releases above). However, it's not a genuine CBS release, but a pirate copy of what sounds like "a very worn copy of the US mono mix" according to Roger. It's shown here for information purposes only. For the official 2010 CD release of the mono album, see below.

Thanks to Senne Willems for photos.


CBS M 66012 (Europe?) - rear of digipak photo by Senne Willems (pirated release)

CBS M 66012 (Europe?) - CD photo by Senne Willems (pirated release)

"Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings" - 9CD set in 5" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (USA/Europe), 19 Oct 2010; Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan), 10 Nov 2010; 9LP set in 12" box, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761051 (USA/Europe), 21 Dec 2010:


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - front of outer box with sticker (my copy)


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - front of box with obi and sticker, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2951-59 (Japan) - rear of box with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7/C2L 41 (Europe) - inside of unfolded card sleeve (replacement design used in a few US mono copies only)


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7/C2L 41 (Europe) - outside of unfolded card sleeve


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042 (Europe) - paper wrapper over rear of outer box

Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-1/C2L 41 (Europe) - CD1


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-1/C2L 41 (Europe) - detail of CD1


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-2/C2L 41 (Europe) - CD2


Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music 88697761042-7-2/C2L 41 (Europe) - detail of CD2


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - front of gatefold card sleeve with obi, scan by Anthony Perry

Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - rear of gatefold card sleeve with obi, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - obi scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - outside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - inside of gatefold sleeve, scan by Anthony Perry (with Claudia Cardinale photo!)


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - insert scan by Anthony Perry (original front sticker)


Sony Music SICP 2957-8 (Japan) - booklet front scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2957 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry


Sony Music SICP 2958 (Japan) - CD scan by Anthony Perry

This set of Bob's first eight albums in the original mono mixes comes in a cutaway card box inside an outer box. The CD albums are in thick card sleeves reproducing the original mono album artwork, in this case the gatefold sleeve of Columbia C2L 41. The two CDs for this album come in plain inner sleeves and their design is based on the original Columbia design (see above). Again nearly all the US Blonde On Blonde mono albums used the inner layout with Claudia Cardinale but the US and European sets use the replacement design. It's very disappointing that Columbia were not able to resolve any copyright issues (if they even tried).

Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that this album can be downloaded in MP3 format from Play.com in the UK for £8.49 or £0.89 per track. For full details of the set, see here.

Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information about the Japanese release, Sony Music SICP 2151-59. It has a wrap-around obi with price ¥18,900 (¥18,000 plus sales tax). This has been reduced from the originally announced price of ¥25,000! As the original mono albums were never released in Japan, each has a light blue top obi based on those of the original stereo releases. The Japanese CDs also come in plain inner sleeves with a Japanese language booklet and an insert reproducing the original 1966 US sticker promoting "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and "I Want You". Good news is that the inside gatefold sleeve of Blonde On Blonde has the original layout with the Claudia Cardinale photo!


Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl 88697817151/MOVLP 245 (NL) - vinyl LP front sticker, photo by William Henry Prince

The 12" mono 2LP set is available separately from the vinyl boxed set as a Dutch release, Music On Vinyl MOVLP 245 (NL).

Thanks to Anthony Perry and William Henry Prince for information and pictures.


Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl 88697817151/MOVLP 245 (NL) - vinyl LP Side 1 photo by William Henry Prince

Columbia/Legacy/Music On Vinyl 88697817151/MOVLP 245 (NL) - vinyl LP Side 4 photo by William Henry Prince

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